Appleby Primary School

Appleby Primary School

Mrs Hearn & Mrs Umpleby

Learning through play

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Welcome to Reception Class


Autumn Term 2019

Welcome to the Foundation Stage. We are looking forward to getting know all the new children in our class this term.


The children work to the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. The learning is exciting and  planned “in the moment” to reflect your child's unique needs, interests, and next steps of learning.


Don’t forget to request to follow and look at Facebook; group:  Seedlings nursery and reception class.


Your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge, and demonstrating their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development. Children mostly develop the 3 prime areas first. These are:

  • Communication and language;
  • Physical development; and
  • Personal, social and emotional development.

These prime areas are those most essential for your child's healthy development and future learning. As your child grows, and usually when they enter reception, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas. These are:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world; and
  • Expressive arts and design.


Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside in our lovely setting. As the term progresses we will begin more, phonics, mathematics and literacy activities, however these will still be often be play based and always fun!


Reading; in the first term of reception your child will focus on letters and sounds, recognising the letters and their sounds and reading simple words and captions. When your child is ready they will be given a reading book. Each child will have a reading folder to take home. Please help your child to learn and recognise the letters and sounds and share the books they bring home. Once they have a reading book please hear your child read each day and note down when they have read in their reading diary. Thank you. Your support really helps your child progress. Remember, reading is fun!


Woodlands: please can children have named waterproofs and wellies in school every Tuesday as we go out and explore the woods whatever the weather! We will see how many colours we can find and might even find some fairies under the leaves! And have lots of adventures.


Our curriculum is flexible and planning reflects the needs and interests of the children, planning, “is in the moment” moving children on as they play and explore with their friends.


Your child's education and happiness is very important to us so please come and talk to us about your child's needs, interests, and achievements at home or about any concerns or questions you have.

Physical Development

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Physical Development 


Using the parachute helps strengthen and develop arm muscles which are used in gripping a pencil and writing. Lots of our play helps develop these muscles.  We are also developing our listening skills and following instructions.  Alongside this we aim to raise our heart rate and discover what happens to our bodies when we exercise.    

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